ECCLESIASTES 3: 14 I KNOW THAT, WHATEVER GOD DOES, IT SHALL BE FOREVER

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I know that, whatever God does, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God does it, that men should fear before him (American King James Version).

Today, we will be looking at Ecclesiastes 3: 14 which says that whatever good things GOD does shall last forever, and nothing can be added to or taken away from it.

In the preceding verses, King Solomon who wrote the Book of Ecclesiastes speaks of times and seasons; and how it is GOD’s Will that every man eat the fruit of his labor. Then comes verse 14: ‘…whatever God does, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God does it, that men should fear before him (American King James Version)’.

Essentially, whatever GOD has ordained is permanent – nothing can be added to or taken away from it. If it is your appointed time for a breakthrough or prosperity, nothing can disrupt it or stand in the way of your claiming victory. I was worried about certain things and discussing them with my father last week and he quoted this Scripture. He was encouraging me that GOD has given me what I have and brought me to where I am today, and NOBODY CAN CHANGE IT. This Scripture had been my prayer point since then.

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Where there is sugar you will see flies. Where there is breakthrough you will see enemies (so more than one enemy). That is just the way it is. If you are not armed with the Word of GOD, and ready to fight, when the enemy comes, he could take you down with him. Isaiah 59: 19 says that when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD will raise a standard. How do you get the HOLY SPIRIT on your side? By arming yourself with the Word! This is why Paul likens the Word of GOD to the Sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6: 17). I was reading Rick Warren’s devotional today and he was emphasizing study of GOD’s Word as the way to build your faith. And I told myself to get real: no matter how busy I am, I have to study GOD’s Word every day, because when stuff happens, only GOD can come through for me. Not my work!

Are you at that stage where you know in your heart that GOD has ordained great things for you; but it looks as if there are so many problems? Well, that is not strange. Paul says that, ‘For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries (1 Corinthians 16: 9 KJV).’ Moreover, JESUS mentions that ‘And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force (Matthew 11: 12 KJV 2000).

Therefore, if you are going to be great or GOD has a great plan for your life and destiny, GOD’s Plan for your life will be contested. Some unnecessary problems (also known as momentary and light troubles – 2 Corinthians 4: 17) will arise. But, remember the GOD you serve, and hang on to HIS Word, and don’t give up without a fight, and you will see GOD come through for you. It is written, they who know their GOD shall do exploits (:). If you don’t know your GOD, don’t have HIS Word as a Sword to defend yourself, and your faith as a Shield, you could be lost in the momentary troubles that arise to distract you from GOD’s Plan.

The point: GOD has great things in store for you, but remember, that what HE has done is permanent. No power, agent, personality, problem, or structure can add to or subtract from GOD’s Plan for your life and destiny. May you prosper in all you lay your hands upon to do in JESUS’ Name!

Finally, is there something or someone beautiful GOD has given you? Don’t worry, for what GOD has done shall last forever; nothing can be added to it or taken away from it.

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1 SAMUEL 16: 7 PEOPLE LOOK AT THE OUTWARD APPEARANCE, BUT THE LORD LOOKS AT THE HEART

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Today we will be looking at 1 Samuel 16: 7 where GOD says to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height…’. Then GOD says, ‘The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart’.

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. PEOPLE LOOK AT THE OUTWARD APPEARANCE, BUT THE LORD LOOKS AT THE HEART (NIV).”

This verse of Scripture is very important and instructive in our world today. Looks is almost everything; people sell their looks and bodies, and most people are judged depending on how they look. Good-looking people are usually complimented and admired. Almost every magazine, newspaper, website etc, have advertisements that feature people deemed to be good-looking or sexy and are about looking good or sexy. For example, an advertisement about hairspray or hair products could feature a girl with a tiny waist in a bikini or a guy with six-pack abs.

I am not going to lie and say that looks do not matter. They do in our world. But, the good thing is they do not matter to GOD. Men look at outward appearances, but GOD looks at the heart. Moreover, do not work to comply with men’s requirements; rather work to be commended by GOD. It is the one GOD commends that is approved (2 Corinthians 10: 18:). When I was growing up, I saw how almost everyone around me worked so hard to have the kind of ‘sexy’ image projected by the media. I went through that phase myself; I almost became anorexic as a result, but thank GOD for saving me.

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Thank GOD for beautiful and good-looking people. I have an eye for beauty; I appreciate it all the time. Sometimes I say, ‘Wow, GOD created that beautiful person; HE is so Awesome’. But, I am careful not to covet someone else’s looks. You know, there is beauty in variety. If we all looked the same, ‘beauty’ would not be obvious.

My message is: you are beautiful in your own special GOD-way. So-called ‘good-looking’ people always meet people even more good-looking than they are, so it’s no big deal. Everybody is beautiful in their own GOD-way. The question is: are you ready to make the best of what GOD has given you? GOD gave you something really special that nobody else has. Besides, there are strengths you have that will project you to prominence than looks would have done. Rather concentrate your energy on developing your strengths and looking your best, than coveting somebody else’s looks.

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In addition, all that glitters in not gold, the saying goes. Never judge a book by its cover, they also say. Something or someone can look good outside but have venom or evil within. In high school, the good-looking people were admired, had the most friends, and boy- or girl-friends. However, I noticed that these ‘good-looking’ people were the most shallow people you could meet, and had nothing much to recommend them apart from their looks. So, I decided that although it was good to be good-looking and popular, I would rather be who I was, than those ‘good-looking’ and popular people. There is a very powerful saying in Yoruba, ‘Iwa lewa’. It means ‘Character is beauty’. Indeed character is beauty; beauty without character is useless. This is why the Bible says in Proverbs 11: 22 –

Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion (NIV).

Finally, you don’t have to look like Barbie to make an impact in life. So, be proud of your GOD-given looks and talents and make the best use out of them!

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May the LORD bless the study of HIS Awesome Word in JESUS’ Name!

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PROVERBS 23: 18 FOR SURELY THERE IS AN END; AND THINE EXPECTATION SHALL NOT BE CUT OFF

 

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Today we will be looking at Proverbs 23: 18, where we are assured that our expectation or desperation is the key to seeing the end of every challenge in our lives.

For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off (KJV).

There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off (NIV).

Surely there is a future [and a reward], and your hope and expectation will not be cut off (AMP).

There is an expiry date for every challenge of life. There is a solution for every problem. Some people may think this is an over-optimistic view of life, but it is true, fortunately. ‘For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off (KJV).’ This Scripture can mean many things. Like there is an end to that problem in your life, so your expectation would not be cut off. Or there is a future gain or hope for you, and your expectation will not be cut off. Yet, it serves as authority for the fact that there is an end to very problem.

One of the advantages of being born again is that you have access to the ‘Redemption Package’. This refers to the great things GOD ordained for HIS People through CHRIST, and which you can receive by faith. For example, JESUS became poor so that you can be rich in all things, not just money (2 Corinthians 8: 9). So, you must reject poverty and claim riches in CHRIST. Moreover, on the cross just before our Lord JESUS gave up the ghost, he said, ‘It is finished (John 19: 30)’. What was finished?  Not just the crucifixion, but every problem, battle, illnesses and diseases mankind had always faced since the Fall of man. JESUS came so that we can be restored to our original glory as GOD initially planned. This is why Isaiah prophesies of JESUS,

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53: 4-5 KJV).

 

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What does it take to see an end to every affliction or problem in your life? Holy desperation. Holy anger is the mystery behind divine victory. You only claim you victory both in the spiritual and physical realms by force. Awesome JESUS alludes to this concept when HE says, ‘And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force (Matthew 11: 12). An object remains at rest until an external force is applied to it. Therefore, there are some things in life, some heights in life, some goals in life YOU ONLY GET BY FORCE. Until you apply the Force of GOD to your life, it will remain stagnant and in equilibrium.

There is a popular Yoruba saying, ‘Orire ko fe kon se oun (Success does not want you to have it)’. therefore, if you are not ready to apply the requisite force to certain issues in your life, you will not fulfill your destiny, and achieve great things in life. Another Yoruba saying goes, ‘Ogun l’aye (life is war)’. You may think, ‘But, I don’t really have any enemies’. However, just because you have confessed JESUS as your Lord and Saviour, you are a threat to the devil’s kingdom on earth, and you are his enemy. It is trite that life is not a bed of roses. So, you need to fight, and continually be spiritually vigilant, in order to get to where GOD has ordained you to be on earth. When you finally get to the top, you must keep fighting and be spiritually vigilant to remain at the top. Therefore, the war does not end for as long as you are on earth. May GOD give you victory in whatever battle you are facing now in JESUS’ Name!

Proverbs 3: 18 says, ‘For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off (KJV).’ Your expectation or desperation is what determines the end of that challenge or siege the devil ahs ordained concerning your life. When you expect something, you are certain that you will receive that thing at a certain time. But, when you are desperate, you are determined that something must happen or not happen, by fire and by force! There is that stage you get to in life, and you have to be desperate, or else, you would not achieve anything. Take Blind Bartimaeus for example. The man was blind and poor because he was sitting by the road begging for alms. Then, he hears JESUS and HIS Disciples passing by, and with a loud voice, he shouts, ‘JESUS, Son of David, have mercy on me!’. The disciples of JESUS tell him to shut up, and yet he keeps shouting until he gets the attention of Awesome JESUS, and HE calls him over (verse 49:). And when JESUS stops and asks HIM what he wants, he tells JESUS he wants to be healed, and he receives his sight on the spot (verse 52)! The truth is that if Bartimeus was not determined at that time to be healed, he may have died blind. That day JESUS was passing by was the last time HE passed that place before HE was crucified! If Bartimaeus had just kept quiet like others told him to, he would have died a blind poor fellow, and his destiny would have been wasted forever. Besides, this story illustrates that the end of a challenge or battle is determined by your desperation. GOD has already perfected and finished everything concerning your life at the cross (John 19: 30), so, you just have to reach out and grab what GOD has in store for you!

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Apostle Peter says that your light afflictions are just for a moment, and achieves for a greater eternal glory that outshines these problems (2 Corinthians 4: 17). This means that every challenge in your life should last just for a season. It should not last long at all.  Therefore, it is important to confront that challenge with the Word of GOD and other mysteries available in the Bible, early enough, so that you can be victorious while it matters. Imagine that Blind Bartimaues in the story above missed that amazing opportunity to be healed by JESUS, and only got pushed into the healing waters of Bethesda, and got healed when he was 75 years old – would the victory over blindness be as sweet being healed while much younger? What can a man of 75 who is just seeing with his eyes for the first time achieve? His youth has been wasted, and his body and mind may have aged. So, it is important to get desperate on time, and be proactive in attacking that challenge, so that you can receive your victory while it matters.

What Forces should you apply to your life to move it forward?

  • The Name of JESUS: the Bible says that the Name of the LORD is a strong Tower, the righteous runs into it and are safe (Proverbs 18: 10). Moreover, at the mention of the Name of JESUS, every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess that JESUS is LORD (Philippians 2: 10-11).
  • The Word of GOD: Paul says,

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (KJV).

  • The Blood of JESUS: This is always the last card or resort. The Blood is very powerful. Remember the Passover night when the Israelites left Egypt? GOD had instructed them to kill lambs, sprinkle the blood on their doors, so that when GOD’s Angel of Death was passing by, It avoided the households of Israel (Exodus 12: 6-7; 12-13). This Angel struck down first-born of every household in Egypt, except the households of Israel where the blood of lambs was shed and used to anoint the doors. This ‘blood of Sprinkling’ was the last method that finally got pharaoh to agree to let GOD’s people go (verses 31-36). And this mystery still works today.

What does it take to get Biblical mysteries to work in your favour? First, you must know who you are in CHRIST. You must understand your position in CHRIST. If you don’t, you will continually be a victim. Secondly, you must search GOD’s Word to find the Mysteries (like the Blood of JESUS) and Promises that GOD has made available to fight every battle. When dealing with the devil, you cannot afford to be complacent or to show mercy. Thirdly, get desperate, and be determined that the siege is over! Fight the battle before it destroys you!

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Finally, if you don’t confront that challenge, you cannot conquer it! if you don’t address that problem, it will redress you. JESUS says in John 10: 10, ‘The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (NIV).’

Therefore, there is no reason for the devil to triumph over you. Why? JESUS says in Luke 10: 18-19,

18So He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy. Nothing will harm you (NIV).

May the LORD bless the study of HIS Awesome Word in JESUS’ Name!

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PROVERBS 4:24 KEEP YOUR MOUTH FREE OF PERVERSITY; KEEP CORRUPT TALK FAR FROM YOUR LIPS

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Today we will be looking at Proverbs 4: 24, where we are counseled to keep perverse/corrupt talk from you lips.

Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips (NIV).

Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee (KJV).

You have to be extremely careful of the words you speak. First, words we speak can constitute grave sins against GOD.

Perversity means to intentionally deviate from what is good or right. JESUS says that everybody will one day account before GOD for every wrong/bad word he says during his lifetime on earth (Matthew 12: 36; 5: 22). It is important to watch what you say on earth because GOD watches what you say too. This is further confirmed by the Scripture that says that Angels of GOD pay attention to what you say (Exodus 23: 21), so it is useless to say something and then exclaim that you did not mean it!

In addition, it is not good or seemly to say perverse things which include curse words or dirty words. For one, GOD cannot be living in you and you would be saying perverse things. The HOLY SPIRIT is the Spirit of the Fear of GOD (Isaiah 11: 2), and the Fear of GOD makes you not to say wrong things. Even if you do, you will feel so uncomfortable you will ask GOD for forgiveness.

Besides, what you say signifies what is in your heart. As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23: 7). When you use curse words for instance, you see mature Christians or plain decent people giving you a funny look or looking shocked.  Apart from the fact that they hate the use of curse words, they are consciously or subconsciously think you are a bad person to use such words. They judge you on the spot. I remember when I was a baby in CHRIST and I used curse words. Afterwards, people say, ‘I never knew you could say that’. Obviously, that is not a compliment. Thus, we have to have our hearts purified by the Word in order to have our words and actions purified. JESUS says:

33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. 35 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him (Matthew 12: 33-35 ).

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Secondly, your tongue can make or break your destiny. Proverbs 18: 21 says: ‘Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof’. Moreover,

From the fruit of their lips people enjoy good things, but the unfaithful have an appetite for violence. Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin (Proverbs 13: 2-3 NIV)’.

What else need be said after this? It is obvious that speaking the right things can open the right doors for you. Saying the wrong things can shut doors forever. Why? Because there are invisible beings (Angels of GOD) who hear what you say and honour what you say. This is why GOD warns the Israelites not to transgress or rebel (this includes saying the wrong things or complaining) because HIS Angel will be going with them and will punish them for saying or doing the wrong things (Exodus 23: 20-21). This is also why JESUS says:

But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell (Matthew 5: 22 NIV).

Thus, our mouths can make or break our destinies. It can make all the difference between success and failure in life. The Bible says that you shall decree a thing and it shall be established (Job 22: 28); as you say in GOD’s Ears, so will HE do (Numbers 14: 28). Remember when the LORD said that leaders from Israel should explore Canaan, they saw giants and came back to give a bad report to the Israelites (Numbers 13). As a result, the Israelites started grumbling and wished they had died in Egypt (Numbers 14: 1-4). Indeed, they died in the desert and did not get to their destination by the Word of the LORD (Numbers 14: 26-35).

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Thirdly, it has been said that certain words you speak can constitute grave sins against GOD. How? JESUS says:

But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment (Matthew 12: 36 KJV).

An idle word refers to a word you should not say or that you are not supposed to say. Thus, you shall give account to GOD for every bad word you say on earth on the Day of Judgement. Whether you say such words out of anger or by mistake or not, you shall give account on Judgment Day. This means you shall explain to GOD why you said it, and take responsibility for saying such idle word (s). This is why the Bible says that anger lies in the bosom of fools (Ecclesiastes 7: 9). This is because even if you say something bad out of anger, you shall take responsibility for it. No matter how bad the consequences are.

JESUS also says:

For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned (Matthew 12: 37 NIV).

This Scripture supports what we have seen so far. Basically, your words can qualify you for Heaven or condemn you to hell. Your words can save your life, admit you into Heaven or set you on the path to eternal destruction. This is how powerful the words you say are. Let’s see the context of this Scripture:

33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. 35 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.

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Therefore, what you speak and how you speak is directly related to your righteousness and perfection in CHRIST. In other words, if you are truly righteous, you would not say things that offend GOD or hurt fellow human beings.  For example, you would not lie about your neighbours or say malicious things about them. However, where any Christian brother or sister is going astray, you have the duty to come clean and speak the truth to such brother or sister about their bad behavior which offends GOD. In this case, you should not mince words. You have to be frank even if it hurts. At the end, you would be helping them, and GOD sees your pure intentions. Whether they accept the truth or not is up to them. Moreover, if your heart is clean, your mouth would be clean. Only words that edify the Church and fellow brethren would come out of your mouth. Not words that destroy or cause hurt.

In addition, JESUS says yet again:

31 And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come (Matthew 12: 31-32 NIV).

This is self-explanatory. It is NOT every sin GOD forgives. GOD does not forgive every sin. James says:

The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell (James 3: 6).

You have to be extremely careful of the way in which you use your tongues so that you can use your tongues in glorifying GOD, and in preparing yourself for Heaven. Do not seek your destruction with your tongue!

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Finally, gossiping is one bad practice that not only destroys its victim, but the gossiper as well. Saying malicious things about other people not only offends the victim(s) but GOD as well. Thus, speaking kindly to someone this moment, and gossiping about them the next is a punishable sin. See Proverbs 29: 5-

“A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.”

Gossiping is like digging a pit for somebody else. GOD cannot be mocked: whatever you sow, you reap (Galatians 6: 7). Thus, you shall fall into the pit which you have dug for another person yourself.

A parallel of this Scripture is found in Proverbs 20: 19- He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.

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PSALM 46: 10 LET GO OF YOUR CONCERNS! THEN YOU WILL KNOW THAT I AM GOD

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Today we will be looking at Psalm 46: 10, where GOD says you should just let go, and let HIM be GOD.

Let go of your concerns! Then you will know that I am God. I rule the nations. I rule the earth (GW).

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth (KJV).

Be still and know (recognize, understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth (AMP).

This is one Scripture I am convinced GOD put in the Bible for me. This Scripture speaks directly to me. Maybe it speaks to you also. So that makes the two (or lot) of us. GOD is essentially saying that you should cede control to HIM, and let HIM be GOD.

Ceding or relinquishing control used to be a hard thing for me. I am a very passionate person, but, I like to be independent, without having to rely on anyone for help. I am opinionated and very determined. I also have perfectionist tendencies. Basically, I like to follow my own rules. But, over the years I have learnt that you cannot live life rigidly. Moreover, the race is never to the swift; and the battle is never to the strong. Thus, being in control always cannot last long, because one day that control will snap and you will seriously mess things up. Most importantly, I have learnt that not only is it exhausting trying always to be in control or be perfect, it is also foolish. Sometimes, it is OK to let go so you can win. Trying to be in control always can be EXTREMELY STRESSFUL. I have been there, I tell you, and it is not fun.

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How do you let go? First, you tell GOD that, ‘LORD, I totally surrender to you. I surrender myself, my personality, my desires, my flesh and my spirit unto YOU so that I can be moulded into what You want me to be.’  Secondly, you make up your mind that GOD is in control now, so you are going to just go along with what HE says. This is the way to truly cede control to GOD. Now, why is it so crucial to cede all control to GOD?

  • Because GOD instructs you to: ‘Let go of your concerns! Then you will know that I am God (Psalm 46: 10 GW)’. Moreover, Psalm 37: 7 admonishes us to surrender ourselves to GOD and wait patiently. It is good and healthy to obey this commandment. Therefore, rather than ask, ‘Why’ all the time, surrender yourself to GOD. Even Rick Warren once said that surrender is the ultimate expression of faith.
  • Because it is healthier and safer. When you cede control to GOD, you are more cheerful and healthier. This is why Solomon says, ‘A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones (Proverbs 17: 22 KJV).’
  • It prevents depression. Depression results from a state of hopelessness; when you think there is absolutely nothing you can do, and no way out. But when you cede control to GOD, and let HIM be GOD, you have more faith that everything will work out well. You can save yourself years of heartache if you just totally surrender to GOD. I can relate to this from personal experience, and this is why Proverbs 3: 5-6 says:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV).

  • It is EXTREMELY EXHAUSTING to always want to be in control. You are human. You have certain limitations. You cannot get everything right. Thus, trying to be in control always and getting everything perfectly right, is deliberately going against your human imperfect nature, and will only lead to heartache and possibly disaster. Rather cede control to GOD, and let the HOLY SPIRIT lead you in all things because you can do nothing apart from HIM. This is why JESUS says,

I am the Vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him bears much fruit, for [otherwise] apart from Me [that is, cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing (John 15: 5 AMP).

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I am not perfect, and I don’t pretend to be. But, there are certain mistakes I made recently, and over the years, that I would have avoided (along with the baggage and heartache that came with it) if I had just given all control to GOD, been still, and just allowed the HOLY SPIRIT to lead me. The HOLY SPIRIT would not lead you until you give HIM the chance to. Therefore, you must be still, for the HOLY SPIRIT to lead you and for you to even hear HIS Soft Gentle Voice (1 Kings 19: 12), in the first place.

While I was growing up, and until very recently, my greatest wish used to be to fit in. Looking back now, it is funny to think about it. Unfortunately, it’s true. Yet, when I worked so hard to fit in or please people, it never worked out. But when I was not particularly focused on social acceptance in a certain environment, I seemed to get it more than I thought possible.

In addition, at school, I was trying so hard to get certain grades, but I was doing it the wrong way. I had no friends, I was too rigid, I was trying too hard to be the perfect student. Well, it’s obvious that did not work out. Then, I discovered Psalm 32: 8 where GOD says, ‘I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you [who are willing to learn] with My eye upon you (AMP)’ and 2 Samuel 22: 29-30 where David says of GOD,

29 You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light. 30 With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall (NIV).

From that point I discovered that good grades lie in GOD’s Hands, not in my brain. Some people may disagree, but the HOLY SPIRIT actually taught me to study smart (not just hard) and work smart. And that is where the difference lies.

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There are many instances where people in the Bible had serious problems, but they had faith in GOD, they were still, and GOD took control. For instance, in 2 Chronicles 20, the Israelites were faced with the Amalekite and Moabite Armies. This was a battle they did not prepare for, and the Israelites could have been destroyed if they could not fight well. However, rather than fret or complain or get upset, they obeyed the instruction of the prophet, they praised GOD and were still. Then GOD intervened. Without raising a finger, GOD arose, and fought for them- the armies helped destroy themselves (verses 22-25).

Moreover, when JESUS was faced with 5000 hungry men, neither HIMSELF nor HIS Disciples complained. HE prayed over the food, and it multiplied to the point that it could feed 5000 men (including their wives and children- thus, about 12 000 people). And all JESUS did was give thanks (Matthew 14: 13-21).

Finally, it is worth it to cede all control to GOD. And I promise you that this is the best decision you can make, after giving your life to CHRIST! People pray the Serenity Prayer which goes as follows:

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him forever in the next. Amen.
 

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1 SAMUEL 18: 25-27 THE FORESKIN DOWRY

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Good day People of GOD.

Today we will be looking at 1 Samuel 18: 25-27 where David killed 200 Philistine men, and produced their foreskins as dowry for Michal, Saul’s daughter in marriage. We also look at the consequences afterwards.

 

25 Saul replied, “Say to David, ‘The king wants no other price for the bride than a hundred Philistine foreskins, to take revenge on his enemies.’” Saul’s plan was to have David fall by the hands of the Philistines.

26 When the attendants told David these things, he was pleased to become the king’s son-in-law. So before the allotted time elapsed, 27 David took his men with him and went out and killed two hundred Philistines and brought back their foreskins. They counted out the full number to the king so that David might become the king’s son-in-law. Then Saul gave him his daughter Michal in marriage (NIV).

If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do (Psalm 11: 3 KJV)?

David asked for the hand of Michal, Saul’s daughter, in marriage. Saul’s response? ‘The king wants no other price for the bride than a hundred Philistine foreskins, to take revenge on his enemies’. What does David do? He goes and kills 200 Philistine men, cut off their foreskins, and gives them to Saul in order to marry one woman- Michal. Now listen, this is not a chivalrous act or something really cool. We are going to look at the implications of this act, and the later repercussions in the marriage of David and Michal.

David and Michal’s marriage was built upon the death of 200 innocent Philistine men, and the violation of their penises/private parts- reproductive organs. This was the foundation of that marriage. What does the Bible say about foundations? ‘If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do (Psalm 11: 3 KJV)?.’ This is a very powerful Scripture, because it is the basis of some very powerful spiritual truths. I plead with you to keep an open mind, and let GOD speak to you.

The failure or success of anything and everything in life depends on its foundation. Even JESUS alludes to this when HE says:

48He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid his foundation on the rock. When the flood came, the torrent crashed against that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. 49But the one who hears My words and does not act on them is like a man who built his house on ground without a foundation. The torrent crashed against that house, and immediately it collapsed — and great” was its destruction (Luke 6: 49 NIV).

Once the foundation of anything or venture is faulty, there is bound to be problems or grave repercussions. The foundation of whatever you lay your hands upon to do is very important. For instance, if you came into wealth by crookedness or wickedness, that wealth cannot last. If you and your spouse built your marriage and life together based on immorality, there is bound to be problems unless you ask GOD for Mercy. If you achieved academic success by cheating at exams or bribing lecturers, if you are not discovered, one day you will be exposed. Everything and every being has a foundation, and this spiritual truth will help in avoiding many life problems. And every bad and faulty foundation always backfires and even carries generational consequences or curses. GOD is not mocked; whatever you sow, you will reap (Galatians 6: 7).

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Back to David and Michal’s story: these two eventually got married. But, what consequences resulted from the unusual foreskin dowry David paid to get Michal? In 2 Samuel 6, the Ark of the LORD had been with Obed-Edom, as a result of which GOD blessed him and all that he had (verse 12). So, David heard GOD was blessing Obed-Edom and went to reclaim the Ark and brought it to the City of David with great rejoicing. He sacrificed to GOD, and was dancing half naked before GOD, while the other Israelites were dancing and praising GOD. As the Ark was entering the City of David, Michal watched from a window. She despised him in her heart (verse 16), and scolded David for praising GOD as he did- half-naked- in front of his subjects (verse 20). As a result, Michal had no children, and she is the only woman recorded barren in the Bible (verse 23). What could have moved Michal to behave in such a despicable manner? One cannot exactly say, but truly, what goes around comes around. 200 Philistine men had been killed for their reproductive organs- foreskins- so that she could marry David. And she could not reproduce and give David any children, so her reproductive organs were rendered useless. Saul, her father, had asked for 100 foreskins- David brought double- so that David could be killed. Look at how that evil plan backfired, and affected Michal who was initially not part of the marriage negotiation.

What about David who committed the deed? Well, when he asked GOD for the privilege to build HIS Holy temple, GOD said ‘You have shed much blood and have fought many wars. You are not to build a house for my Name, because you have shed much blood on the earth in my sight (1 Chronicles 22: 8).’ Even though GOD had said David was a man after his heart (1 Samuel 13: 14), GOD could not let him touch HIS Temple, because he had shed too much innocent blood. Look at the mistakes David made towards the end of his life, that resulted in his son’s death, son’s betrayal, sickness, many troubles and eventual early death- it is obvious that GOD does not condone sin, like the shedding of innocent blood, no matter who you are. The Bible says:

The LORD is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation (Numbers 14: 18 NIV).’

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One last point I want to make. This may be controversial, but it is true. I got this from the HOLY SPIRIT, as I was studying the Word. When I was growing up, my parents of course, always warned my siblings and I that sex before marriage is wrong, it is a sin, and it destroys destinies. My parents used to cite so many examples of the lives of people we knew, whose destinies were altered because they had sex before marriage. For example, this one lady was a math genius who would have gone places with her knowledge. But, she was promiscuous, got pregnant outside wedlock, and there was nobody else to take care of her baby. She had to leave school, get a menial job to survive, and has not been heard from since. I was a very inquisitive child, and I used to ask for references in the Bible, where the Bible expressly prohibited premarital sex or fornication. Then, I found it. It was funny because I had known that chapter quite well, but seemed to miss that verse. 1 Corinthians 6: 9 says,

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor[a]effeminate, nor homosexuals (NASB)

 

Then, the HOLY SPIRIT ministered this to me as well, and I thought I would share it with you. This applies for both men and women alike (when I was younger I wondered why parents and society were harder on girls about the sex issue, than boys). Your sexual foundation is very important, whether you are a man or a woman. Specifically, the deflowering of a virgin woman involves blood. And blood has life in it, and this is why Jews were strictly forbidden from drinking blood (Leviticus 17: 10-12). Be careful with the person you allow to deflower you. This is because at the point you are deflowered, a blood covenant or spiritual blood relationship is created between you and that man. This is why the Bible says, ‘That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh (Genesis 2: 24 NIV)’. It is not just actual penetration that is referred to here; it is the fact that spiritually, the man and the woman are regarded as one. This is why young women are advised to wait for marriage before having sex. However, if you have already made mistakes, there is hope because you can ask GOD for Mercy.

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Finally, if you still have parents, watch the way you treat them. It is the way you treat your parents that your children will treat you. This is very very important, so much that GOD made the commandment on honouring parents the first commandment with a promise, among the Ten commandments (Exodus 20: 12). I am also speaking to myself here. May GOD help we who have parents, to honour and obey them. Amen.

There I have said it. The foundation of everything is important. Before doing anything, think about the possible consequences in the physical and spiritual realm, and decide if that thing is really worth.

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1 SAMUEL 15:22 TO OBEY IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE; TO HEARKEN IS BETTER THAN THE FAT OF RAMS

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Today we will be looking at 1 Samuel 15: 22 in more detail, where Samuel insists that GOD cares more about obedience, than sacrifices and Kingdom service.

‘But Samuel replied: “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams (NIV).’

Your most important duty to GOD is to obey HIM. The most important way to prove your love to GOD is to obey HIM. JESUS said that if you love HIM, you would obey HIS Commands (John 14: 15). What is the context in which Samuel made this statement to Saul?

GOD instructed Saul to destroy the Amalekites and all that belonged to them, including all men, women, children, infants, cattle, sheep, camels and donkeys (1 Samuel 15: 1-3). Saul was not allowed to spare anybody or animal. The Amalekites had waylaid the Israelites. GOD wanted to punish the Amalekites, as a result.

However, Saul did not obey GOD’s Instructions. He spared Agag (the king), the best of the sheep, cattle, fat calves, and lambs. He only destroyed everything that was weak and despised (verses 7-9). GOD was nonetheless unhappy with Saul’s actions. In fact, HE ws grieved because Saul had clearly taken HIM for granted. Therefore, GOD took the kingdom away from Saul, by rejecting him as king (verse 23).

When Samuel asked Saul why he disobeyed, he defended himself saying, ‘they spared the best of the sheep and cattle to sacrifice to the Lord your God, but we totally destroyed the rest’. Nevertheless, it was too late. In fact, he thought he had done something good, and obeyed the LORD. He said, ‘The Lord bless you! I have carried out the Lord’s instructions’. It is hard to tell if he was pretending or trying to save himself after realising he had done wrong.

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Saul may have thought that what he did was noble or right. He saved ‘good’ animals to be sacrificed to GOD later. He may also have done it for ulterior or selfish motives, though. But, it was contrary to GOD’s Instructions and that is where he missed it. This account proves that obedience matters more to GOD than Kingdom service. It is easier to please GOD by obeying HIM, than through Kingdom service.

Hundreds of years after this event, JESUS obeyed HIS parents by following them home, rather than remaining to discuss the Law with the elders and teachers. Every year, JESUS’ parents journeyed to Jerusalem for the Passover Festival. When HE was 12 years, they went again as usual. However, when HIS parents were going home, HE stayed in Jerusalem, but they were not aware. They had journeyed for one day without Him, when they realized HE was absent. They went back to Jerusalem to find HIM. They found HIM in the temple courts, sitting among teachers, listening to them and asking questions. HE clearly was having a good time there. When they found HIM, and HIS mother said Joseph and herself had been upset searching for Him, and HE said, ‘Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house? (verse 49)’. Yet, HE went back with them and was obedient to them (Luke 2: 41-52).

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In addition, the price of disobedience is indeed too high to pay. This cannot be overemphasised. There was this prophet from Judah who disobeyed GOD in the Bible. GOD had instructed him not to eat or drink anything, or return by the same way he came, after performing a miracle in Bethel (1 Kings 13: 1-10). Another old prophet who was informed of what the young prophet had said to the king, followed the young prophet, lied to him that GOD said he could eat and drink with him (the old prophet) at his house. As soon as he did eat, this old prophet prophesied that as the young prophet had eaten and disobeyed GOD, he would be eaten by a lion, and would not be buried. Indeed, this is what happened (verses 11-25). GOD is not wicked. The young prophet did not listen to the HOLY SPIRIT, before going to eat and drink. This is why it is SO important to have the Spirit of Discernment! Therefore, obedience can be likened to the Gold you pay to appease GOD.

You are required to obey GOD’s Word which you receive from the Bible or from a prophet (as in Saul’s case). However, GOD may speak to you through a source outside HIS Word, through somebody who is not a pastor or prophet, or through your heart, and you must obey HIM still. You would know when GOD speaks to you through you heart; even if HE sends someone else to you, you would know if GOD is really speaking through that person. That is where the HOLY SPIRIT comes in, to give you the Spirit of Discernment, so that you can distinguish the spirit of man or devil from the Spirit of GOD. Is it not GOD that says that HE will no longer make laws to be just on plaques and books, but HE will write the law directly on your heart? (Jeremiah 31: 33).  It is very important to pray for the Spirit of Discernment in order to know when the HOLY SPIRIT commands you to do something or refrain from doing it, so that you can obey accordingly. It is no longer a valid excuse to say that you did not know GOD was speaking to you. Moreover, only the HOLY SPIRIT can help you to obey GOD timeously and in the right way GOD desires.  I, for instance, do not remember the last time a prophet came to give me an instruction from GOD. So, all the instances of disobedience I remember are those where I knew in my heart that GOD instructed me to do something or refrain from doing it, and I either disobeyed or did not obey promptly.

 

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Finally, there is no obedience without promptness or immediateness. My mum always says that if she instructs a child to do something now, and it is only done two hours later, it already amounts to disobedience because the instruction was not obeyed immediately. I think GOD feels the same way as well. HE knows all things, and knows what is good for you. Thus, if HE tells you to take a certain step now, and you are delaying, you may never have the privilege of having that opportunity again. I know this from experience. Time waits for no man. So, ask yourself, ‘What is that thing or instruction or duty GOD has put in my heart, I am yet to do?’ Procrastination destroys destinies. Quickly do what GOD has told you to do, before it is too late! This is because obedience is much more satisfying than regrets.

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